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Table 4 Attitudes and behaviours around intimate partner violence

From: Prevalence and correlates of intimate partner violence against women in conflict affected northern Uganda: a cross-sectional study

  Woman’s opinion number of ‘good reasons’ for a man to hit his wife Woman’s report of number of controlling behaviours by partner Woman’s opinion of number of good reasons to refuse sex with her partner Woman’s attitudes to aspects of intimate relationships
Mean 2.84 3.44 2.52 3.71
Std. Deviation 1.55 2.06 1.18 1.27
Minimum 0 0 0 0
Maximum 6 7 4 6
  1. Woman’s agreement with ‘husband has a good reason to hit his wife’, max 6 (she does not complete her household work to his satisfaction, she disobeys him, she refuses to have sex with him, she asks him whether he has other girlfriends, he suspects that she is unfaithful, she is unfaithful
  2. Number of controlling behaviours by partner, max 7 (tries to keep woman from seeing friends, tries to restrict contact with birth family, insists on knowing whereabouts, ignores her/treats indifferently, gets angry if she speaks with another man, is often suspicious of unfaithfulness, expects to be asked permission to seek healthcare)
  3. Number of ‘good reasons’ given by woman to refuse sex with partner, max 4 (if she does not want he, if he is drunk, if she is sick, if he mistreats her)
  4. Woman’s attitude to aspects of intimate relationships, max 6 (a good wife always obeys her husband even if she disagrees, family problems should only be discussed with people in the family, it is important for a man to show his wife who is the boss, a woman should be able to choose her own friends even if her husband disapproves, it’s a wife’s obligation to have sex even if she doesn’t feel like it, if a man mistreats his wife, others outside of the family should intervene